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The national campaign is focused on American voters, but the President is the commander-in-chief and the architect of foreign policy.  How does the idea of "European-style socialism" go down in France and Germany? How do Romney, Gingrich and other Republican hopefuls sound in China, Israel, Iran and other parts of the world? Also, diplomatic pressure mounts on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the UN, and Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

Banner image: Palestinians hold a crossed out picture of Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich to Protest against his remarks about Palestinians during a rally to mark the 44th anniversary of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the West bank city of Nablus on December 17, 2011. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Anna Scott
Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Main Topic America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign Eyes 34 MIN, 52 SEC

A columnist in Germany's Der Spiegel calls the Republican candidates a "club of liars, debtors, betrayers, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses." A French pundit is afraid they'll start new wars and abandon old allies. So how do the Europeans really feel about the campaign? Are the Chinese equally disgusted?  What about Israel, Iran and other countries in the Middle East? As we wait for returns from Florida, we sample opinions from various parts of the world. Do foreign observers see much difference between Romney and Gingrich? Would either one be better or worse than Obama or about the same?

Guests:
Uri Friedman, The Atlantic (@UriLF)
Dominique Moisi, French Institute of International Relations
Karsten Voigt, German Council of Foreign Relations
Suisheng 'Sam' Zhao, University of Denver
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Shmuel Rosner, Jerusalem Post (@rosnersdomain)

Reporter's Notebook Burmese Pythons Eating Up the Everglades 8 MIN, 3 SEC

Rabbits, raccoons, opossums and bobcats are almost things of the past in the Florida Everglades, where Burmese pythons are fighting with alligators to dominate the food chain. Released by pet owners over the years, the pythons have multiplied so much they're causing the decline of native animals. That's according to a report co-authored by J.D. Willson at Virginia Tech University and published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Guests:
John 'J.D.' Willson, Virginia Tech University
Scott Mullin, Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department

Invasive Pythons in the United States

J.D. Willson and Mike Dorcas

Making News Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Syrian President Assad at UN 7 MIN, 21 SEC

At least 17 more deaths were reported today in the suburbs of Damascus as Hillary Clinton prepared to confront Russia in the UN Security Council. The issue is the Arab League plan calling for Bashar al-Assad to step down as President of Syria. Louis Charbonneau reports from the United Nations for Reuters.

Guests:
Louis Charbonneau, Reuters (@lou_reuters)

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